By NAOMI WASE
A GROUP of 14 students and four staff members from the De la Salle School in Melbourne, Australia, has carried out repair work at the De la Salle Secondary School in Port Moresby.
The group arrived in Port Moresby on Sept 11 and renovated an old dormitory at the school in Bomana, to be converted into two classrooms. Team leader Tim Hogan said they chose De la Salle School in PNG because they were a De la Salle school and wanted to help De la Salle schools which needed their help.
Hogan said they had other groups travelling to inland Australia, India, Philippines and other countries.
“This year, we raised more than A$100,000 (K235,125) and divided it among these communities,” he said.
His team was given K30,000 to purchase materials and K15,000 for food and other necessities.
“We are happy to come and work here. It’s important to give the boys nice learning areas,” Hogan said.
“We love our stay here. We would walk around Melbourne and no would recognise us. But we come out here and we became like rock stars. And the boys love it.
“This is a worthwhile trip and many boys applied to come here but we had to choose only 14.”
The team marched with their De la Salle brothers on Sept 16 to celebrate the 41st Independence anniversary of Papua New Guinea.
“We get a great cultural experience and we are happy that we support our De la Salle brothers in the march,” Hogan said.
Aaron Tusler said he really enjoyed his stay here and hoped to come back one day.
“I’d like to thank the community. Everyone we drove past or walked past are friendly and it feels like home,” said Tusler.
The team leaves for Melbourne today.
By NAOMI WASE